Airlie Beach – Queensland

We had a great few days staying at Airlie Beach and a quick look around the area. One of the highlights was a trip to Daydream Island, Hamilton Island and Whitehaven beach (see post). Airlie beach is a nice place to stay (in the winter), reasonably quiet, a nice place to walk around and good spot to explore the area from.

DSC_0215Airlie Beach is a tourist destination, extremely popular with backpackers. Its beach is small and the sea is inhabited by marine stingers, the box jellyfish from November to May. In order to provide somewhere for visitors to swim, the local council, has built a swimming lagoon on the foreshore. The photo above is main entrance to the beach and lagoon area from the middle of the shopping Centre.

DSC_0213 The foreshore and beaches beside the lagoonDSC_0212 DSC_0211 DSC_0210The man-made lagoon at Airlie Beach, right next to the main shopping centre. It was quiet while we were there (in the middle of winter) but I imagine it gets very busy in the summer. Airlie Beach is a tourist destination, extremely popular with backpackers. Its beach is small and the sea is inhabited by marine stingers, the box jellyfish (Chironex fleckeri) from November to May. In order to provide somewhere for the visitors tourists to swim, the local council, has built a small – medium-sized swimming lagoon on the foreshore, similar to the lagoon found in Cairns. The Airlie Beach Lagoon is 4,300 m2 and 4.5 million litres of fresh, self chlorinated water.[4]

DSC_0214 (2)DSC_0209 Shute Harbour – just a few kilometers from Airlie Beach. This is one of the departure points for tours to the Whitsuday Islands. DSC_0208Shute Harbour

dsc_0223 dsc_0224 dsc_0225We sat at a picnic table beside the beach to eat lunch and we just happened to look up, there were lots of coconuts on the tree right above us – a silly place to put a picnic table!!!! Or a coconut tree!

dsc_0226 There are many beautiful beaches around this area but after a while you forget the names 🙂

dsc_0229 dsc_0230 dsc_0227The ugly side of the sugar cane industry!! This one is at Proserpine.

dsc_0244Mackay – we drove about an hour down the coast to Mackay which we had missed on the way to Airlie beach as it was getting late. We found this beautiful beach and walk to a great lookout.dsc_0242View of the beach from the lookout

dsc_0241 Looking southdsc_0237  Looking northdsc_0243Bush turkeys were running around the rocks on the lookout walk

dsc_0206Lamberts lookout Mackay

dsc_0236 dsc_0250Our little green rental car – very economical, we covered about 4,000km in two weeks..

DSC_0271While we were staying at Airlie beach we had a great trip to Day Dream island, Hamilton island (above) and White haven beach (below) – see posts

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